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Trump’s Congress speech: The same man but in softer colours

The details were predictably hazy, but a policy picture is gradually emerging

By George Magnus  

United States President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of the US Congress in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, February 28, 201 ©Kleponis Chris/CNP/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump gave his first address to both Houses of Congress. It marked a significant change in tone from the “American carnage” motif of his inaugural address. It was altogether softer, more considered—even optimistic and presidential, according to the write-ups of political pundits. The reasons for this remain the subject of speculation, but his low approval ratings, a turbulent first few…

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